News and events for foodies, cooks and enviro-lovers

--Have y'all visited J.B.Prince's website or bricks-and-mortar store? I'd never heard of it until recently but man oh man, they have everything you could need in the kitch. Based in Manhattan, J.B. Prince is a restaurant supply store but also a must for culinary students, caterers and the like. Knives galore, every pastry tin/mold/baking sheet possible, pots, pans, tools, machines... It's great fun to peruse the site, and I will make haste to spend a leisurely afternoon there the next time I'm lucky enough to visit NYC. --This Friday's One Day Deal at Whole Foods is Rao's pasta sauce; usually $9.99/jar, it will be just $4.99 per until supplies run out.

--D.C.s 20th annual Environmental Film Fest begins next Tuesday, March 13 and runs through 3/25. The offerings look fascinating, so if you're in the area or can head in, check out their calendar.

--Lastly, on Thursday, March 15, Frances Mayes of Under The Tuscan Sun fame, will be at Williams-Sonoma in DC's Mazza Gallerie signing copies of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. The event begins at 6p. While I was totally chagrined by the bastardization of her book in the film version, Under The Tuscan Sun was one of the works that lit my culinary and writerly flame. In fact, as I might have mentioned previously, on a trip to Italy years ago, I made Tom and my sister pilgrimage with me to Cortona to find the actual house she'd so lovingly restored. It did not look anything(!) like the home on the cover of the book and after walking miles, there was some real disappointment in that, but nonetheless, I've been there, seen it, walked those same Cypress-lined roads. Delightful!